For over 100 years Pine Mountain has been focused on enriching lives and connecting people through Appalachian place-based education for all ages.
An in-depth digital look at the ARCHIVE at Pine Mountain Settlement School. The collections include photographs, documents, biographies, objects, video and other materials that describe the institution from its beginnings in 1913 to the present day. Many documents are available in FULL TEXT.
Work is ongoing.
ABOUT THE ARCHIVE
The Vision of the Pine Mountain Settlement School Archives is to provide a voice that will encourage transformations in our relationship to the cultures of the Appalachian region through access to a unique and extensive body of material about a rural settlement school within the region. The rural settlement school movement and its impact on the people of Eastern Kentucky and the Southern Appalachians is a story that has sometimes been misrepresented, romanticized, or only partially understood. We envision an accessible, deep, vibrant and vital resource that will encourage exploration and collaborative dialogue about the hidden and sometimes contested history of rural settlement schools. We envision a broader dissemination of research materials across all public, private, and federal sectors interested in Southern Appalachian cultures and life. more …
OUR ARCHIVAL MISSION
The Pine Mountain Settlement School archival mission supports the institutional mission and strategic planning goals. Our institutional mission continues a long 105-year history of multiple educational and social enrichment programs centered on the local community and beyond. Once a boarding school with a progressive educational curriculum, Pine Mountain School’s recent educational programming has moved away from residential education to multi-faceted offerings of short-term environmental, cultural, medical, social, agricultural, and art and craft programs and workshops. But, the archive has not moved away from, nor will it move away from, a commitment to Pine Mountain as place and people. more …
To visit the main page for the School click the link below. To access the Archive go to INDEX TO ARCHIVAL COLLECTIONS (also at the top of the page).
WHAT’S NEW! 2018
PACK HORSE LIBRARIANS
Want to learn more about some of the early Pack Horse Librarians at Pine Mountain Settlement that were recently featured in the new Kitchen Sister’s Podcast series THE KEEPERS Podcast #2 “The Pack Horse Librarians of Eastern Kentucky”?
MOUNTAIN CRAFTSMAN JESS PATTERSON
One of our latest additions to the PMSS Collections website is the biography of Jess Patterson, a Pine Mountain Settlement School student and worker, who became a notable dulcimer-maker and who was featured in Craig Evan Royce’s book, Country Miles Are Longer Than City Miles (1976).
On a pivotal day in the 1930s, Pine Mountain Settlement School’s woodworking teacher, Boone Callahan, suggested to Jess Patterson, the School’s bus driver, “Jess, why don’t you go up in the wood shop and make something?” That question and Jess’s response were the first steps toward Jess’s future career as a well-known and respected craftsman.Jess Patterson (1909-1983) gradually developed his woodworking skills at the same time he was employed as the School’s maintenance and farm worker. Eventually, his tables, crafted after the large “tilt-top” tables in the Laurel House dining room, became much sought after. He was one of the few staff members who could instruct in the craft of hickory chairmaking and hickory caning (weaving strips of hickory bark for the chairs’ seats). He learned the art of “riving” (splitting) boards, which he used to reshingle Creech (Aunt Sal’s) Cabin.
Jess’s finest creations were his beautiful dulcimers. They continue to be highly regarded to this day, not only because of the traditional techniques that he used to maximize tonal quality but also for their unique designs.
In his youth, Jess had been a student at the School along with his future wife, Edna Mae (Metcalf) Patterson (1910-2001). Edna also became a worker at the School, excelling in the art of weaving.
Click on their names to read more about the lives of these two Pine Mountain artisans and their contributions to the history of Kentucky crafts.
We managed to let August get away from us but we went back to re-visit a favorite Fall celebration at Pine Mountain Settlement School. The GUIDE TO COMMUNITY FAIR DAYS follows many years of community gatherings celebrating the harvest season in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. Beginning in 1914, Fair Day was held at the end of August into the early weeks of September. These brief accounts follow the festivities until the mid-1940s. The Fair still continues.
MARY ROCKWELL HOOK has been a focus of our ongoing archival work this month. As the Master Architect of the School, and one of the earliest women architects in the country, she is a critical player in the creation of Pine Mountain Settlement School. She stuck around for almost six decades as a Board of Trustee, consultant and continuing architect for the School. Her correspondence through the years is voluminous. We continue to work on it. Her autobiography, “This and That” is a delightful romp through Kansas, Europe, Kentucky, Colorado, and Florida and most stops in-between. Follow us as we continue the exploration of this amazing architectural pioneer.
For all the Fathers whose families are represented here — HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
We hope that in this digital presentation we have been able to share images and accounts that will be of interest to families who have ties to the Pine Mountain valley community in the first two decades of the twentieth century. For example, the Lewis children were among over 100 children who were educated at the School in its very early years and who are now being rediscovered by family through our digital collections. Thank you, Ann Angel Eberhardt, co-editor of this website, for starting this family resource and for pulling together the beginnings of our ‘FAMILY’ collections. Check back as new families will be added and new material will continue to grow the many family listings.
CREECH FAMILY / CREECH FAMILY, William & Sally
LEWIS FAMILY / LEWIS FAMILY, Dosha, John Clyde, Rhoda
MINIARD (MINYARD) FAMILY
SCEARSE (SCEARCE) FAMILY
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PMSS ARCHIVE MISSION STATEMENT (extended)
ABOUT OCR TEXT
Many of the texts included in this site have been automatically generated using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software. In some cases, these texts have not been manually reviewed or corrected.
OCR enables searching of large quantities of full-text data, but it is not 100% accurate. The level of accuracy depends on the print quality of the original publication and its condition at the time of microfilming. Publications with poor quality paper, small print, mixed fonts, multiple column layouts or damaged pages may have poor OCR accuracy.
CITATION OF MATERIALS
Any PUBLIC use of material must properly cite Pine Mountain Settlement School in the following manner:
“[Identification of Item],” [Collection Name] [Series Number, if applicable]. [date], Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY. [date accessed]
The manuscript collections and archival records in the Pine Mountain Settlement School Collections may contain sensitive and/or confidential information derived from historical archives that may be protected under federal and state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers who wish to publish and users who may share material from the Pine Mountain Settlement School Collections are advised by this notice that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in some collections within the Pine Mountain Settlement School Collections without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. may be a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy if facts concerning an individual’s private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person for which Pine Mountain Settlement School assumes no responsibility.
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See INDEX TO COLLECTIONS for an overview of collections and series.